Best Shopping Destinations in Cornwall

August 27th, 2021

With the picturesque landscapes, beautiful beaches and exciting attractions, there are plenty of great days out to be had in Cornwall. If you fancy a bit of retail therapy on your short break in Cornwall, there are also loads of shopping destinations for you to enjoy.

Situated within the pretty scenery, you’ll find everything from extensive shopping centres to unique independent shores. We explore some of the best shopping experiences to be had in Cornwall, along with how close they are to our luxury holiday cottage here at The Valley.

People shopping in Truro town centre

Shopping in Truro

As the shops are situated both indoors and out, you can visit Truro for a spot of retail therapy come rain or shine!

Truro’s shopping centre, Lemon Street Market, offers a great selection of stores, cafes and an art gallery all under one roof. Throughout the rest of Truro’s streets, you’ll find the usual high street chains, along with local independent boutiques that offer a range of wares from high-end crafts to homemade treats. The Truro charity shops are also worth visiting as you never know what treasures you’ll discover!

Along with the range of shops, there is also a farmer’s market where you can explore a variety of locally-made goodies.

Distance from The Valley to Truro shops: 4.3 miles (15-minute drive)

Shopping in Redruth

For a more traditional Cornish shopping experience, head over to Redruth, where you can explore a wide variety of specialist shops that offer everything from handmade jewellery, to local meat and produce, to Cornish crafts!

You wouldn’t find many of your usual high street stores here, but you can be sure to discover some independent retailers selling more unique items, perfect for buying a souvenir to remember your trip to Cornwall.

Distance from The Valley to Redruth shops: 6.6 miles (20-minute drive)

People shopping in the seaside town Falmouth

Shopping in Falmouth

This beautiful seaside town offers a mixture of independent retailers together with the bigger high street names. As Falmouth is known for being a coastal town, you’ll also find an abundance of surf shops to get your hands on all the beach clothing, footwear and accessories you’ll need.

Along with this fantastic range of shops, the high street offers art galleries and museums, with the Maritime Museum at the heart of the town. If you fancy relaxing with a bite to eat after a shopping spree, there are also plenty of cafes and restaurants.

Distance from The Valley to Falmouth shops: 8.4 miles (25-minute drive)

Shopping in Newquay

The high street here is the length of the entire town, so there certainly isn’t a shortage of shops. Again, the variety ranges from expected high street stores to local specialist shops that offer a unique, individual shopping experience.

As Newquay is a popular coastal town, the majority of stores you will find are surf and beach shops that embrace Newquay’s seaside nature. These are great places to find something to remember your time at the beautiful coastline.

Newquay is also starting to become a real foodie hotspot, and there’s an excellent choice of cafes and restaurants to visit, along with stunning views. Throughout the year, Newquay town centre hosts a range of markets that showcase local businesses and celebrate all the independent stores and products.

Distance from The Valley to Newquay shops: 17.3 miles (40-minute drive)

Birdseye view of the coastal town St Ives

Shopping in St Ives

Not only is St Ives a spectacular coastal destination, but it is also the perfect spot for some retail therapy, with its unique atmosphere. As a surfer’s paradise there are ample surf shops selling surfboards, equipment and surfer fashion for you to peruse.

You can also expect to find fashion boutiques, home furnishing stores, craft shops, bookstores and much more. There are plenty of unique shops with gifts you won’t find anywhere else – perfect to remember your stay or give to a loved one.

Distance from The Valley to St Ives shops: 24.4 miles (1-hour drive)

Other Places to Shop in Cornwall

These are just some of our top picks for unique shopping experiences in Cornwall. There are plenty more cute little town and village shopping destinations to explore, starting with some of these honourable mentions:

  • Shops in Bude – vintage fashion, artisan and antiques stores
  • Shops in St Austell – bustling high street dubbed the best in Cornwall
  • Shops in Penzance – great range of unconventional shops
  • Shops in Perranporth – plenty of brilliant gift shops

Cornwall is a beautiful part of the country, with many beaches and breathtaking views but, as you can see, there is much more it has to offer!

Our accommodation here at The Valley makes a great base for your Cornish adventures. Discover more to start planning the perfect holiday to Cornwall.

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